We chose two activities this week - one very physical to keep the children warm (number bingo) and one to help develop their fine motor skills (wood working).
Links to EYFS:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Number bingo was simply rolling a very large foam dice, asking the children what number was on showing top and then asking them to find and match the number that we had drawn somewhere around the site. This involved everyone running around the whole site to try and find the hidden numbers. It was a great way to have lots of fun while practicing recognising numbers 1 to 6 and also keeping everyone warm in the cold weather.
We started our second activity by going on a trip to a local DIY store. Once there we collected some free offcuts of wood that the store no longer required. Back at site we asked the children what they would like to create using their offcuts (helicopters being the most popular choice).
The children started by using a saw to cut the wood to the correct size, drilled some holes using a hand drill and then bolted two pieces onto a larger piece to make a basic helicopter. This activity helped to develop the children's fine motor skills by using a variety of hand tools which took practice, patience and precision.
Afterwards we talked about how we made our various creations and then looked at pictures of the real life versions to compare.
Make some dominoes out of thick card or cardboard and ask your child to draw the correct number of dots on each 'domino'. Half the fun with this activity is helping your child to recognise the correct number of dots to draw on each domino whilst also simply spending some quality time and having fun creating and playing together.